Museums / Monuments

U.S. Capitol – Steps from our hotel, this breathtaking building is the hub of our federal government. Visit the Rotunda, where politicians have debated and presidents lie in state.

Library of Congress
– You'd be hard-pressed to remember the Dewey Decimal System in this library, the world's largest. Join a tour to learn about the more than 29 million books, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, 2.7 million recordings and 58 million manuscripts housed here.
Supreme Court of the United States – The highest federal court of our country, it is the final interpreter of federal constitutional law. Located across the street from the United States Capitol, the building is open to public on weekdays. When the Court is not in session, lectures about the courtroom are held hourly. When the Court is in session, the public may attend oral arguments.

National Archives and Records Administration
– A veritable goldmine containing America's most important documents, the National Archives and Records Administration maintains a detailed chronology of our history. Review the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Envision Thomas Jefferson with quill to parchment as you read the Declaration of Independence.

National Monuments
 – Recognized throughout the world, Washington DC monuments are arguably the most popular tourist attraction. Walk around the seven-acre Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, complete with four galleries, a sculpture of the president and fountains. Behold the billowy pink cherry blossoms that envelop the Jefferson Memorial at springtime. Weave through the 19 statues, representing each branch of the armed forces, found at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Follow our 16th president's pensive stare over the Reflecting Pool from his seat at the Lincoln Memorial. Pay your respects to the "Greatest Generation" at the National World War II Memorial. Become speechless at the sight of 58,000 names etched into the wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Smithsonian Institution
– Admire decorative crafts at American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery. Stroll the Asian art exhibits at Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Imagine yourself in flight at the National Air and Space Museum. Look closely at the differences between the various tribes of Africa at the National Museum of African Art. Reflect back through history as you scan our First Ladies' inaugural gowns at the National Museum of American History. Envision life during the dinosaur age when visiting the National Museum of Natural History. Appreciate the ingenuity of the Native Americans as you view artifacts at the National Museum of the American Indian.
International Spy Museum – I spy an amazing collection of espionage exhibits and memorabilia. Find out how we cracked the Nazis' secret code during World War II. Delve into the interactive exhibits to see if you'd cut the muster as a spy. Learn what a pigeon and camera have in common.

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